The National Energy Board (NEB) has decided to make more
information about the safety of its regulated pipelines accessible
to the public. It will be the first energy regulator in North
America to do so.
The NEB will be posting its inspections reports on the NEB website. The
inspection reports will be posted within six weeks of an inspection
and include detailed findings, outcomes, and any enforcement
The release of these reports may provide the public with an
opportunity to assess environmental compliance and safety of
pipelines operating in their communities.
The purpose of the NEB is to enforce regulatory requirements
where a pipeline is not in compliance, to deter future
non-compliance, and to prevent harm. The NEB publishes a table of
"Compliance and Enforcement Documents" on its website
that includes NEB inspection Reports, NEB audits of company
operations, inspection officer orders, incident investigation
reports, information related to Administrative Monetary Penalties,
Board Orders, Board letters or directives, corrective action plan,
and relevant documents including correspondence.
The NEB currently oversees 2,117 energy facilities and 73,000
kilometres of pipelines throughout Canada which are used to
transport 1.27 Billion barrels of petroleum products annually.
Earlier weblogged about the NEB seeking comments on its proposed approach to
pipeline damage prevention. We applaud the effort the NEB is making
towards better public engagement and transparency on the issue of
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